1978, the first year after the Redline Era, was the first year in which all models were issued with Basic Wheels, or Blackwall tires. A new blistercard was issued for 7 series of cars: Heavies, Speedway Specials, Classy Customs, Oldies But Goodies, Rescue Team, Drag Strippers and Super Streeters. Their values are no different from their previous incarnations from past years, as they're essentially the same exact model. I've noted what series, if any, the car falls into. NOTE: Some pics may show models with Redline tires. This is because it's the same model as a past issue that might have had Redlines. All of the details are the same, except for the fact that cars issued during 1978 will have Blackwall tires.

Quoted values are for LOOSE, NM examples. Cars less than NM will obviously command a lesser value than listed, depending on overall condition.

Note that the NCHWA utilizes a pricing method called "Star Value©." Instead of specific dollar values, each car will be assigned a Star Value© to indicate rarity and potential price range. There are simply too many variables to place a "set" value on any model, so a range will be used instead to indicate where that particular model may fall on the secondary price scale. A +/- indicates where on that scale the value is approximated, while a number by itself would indicate the value falls in the middle of the Star Value. This is also an easy quick-glance method to determine rarity; the higher the number, the rarer the car. The value chart will be placed at the bottom of each page.

Option: Click the button to the left to download a printable copy of the Star Chart for easy reference (Microsoft Word or equivalent program required for viewing or download). It beats scrolling up and down when you're pricing your cars!
#
Name
Description
Wheels
Value
9649
'31 Doozie Orange body, brown plastic interior and fenders, removable tan top
BW
2
9647
'56 Hi-Tail Hauler Orange body, yellow/blue flame on hood, black motorcycles, NO roof tampo. (The Heavies)
BW
3
9638
'57 Chevy a) Red body w/red and yellow stripe tampo on the sides with "57 Chevy" (Oldies But Goodies)
b) Same as "a", but with a black body.
BW
BW
3
2
2013
'57 T-Bird a) White body, with red and blue stripe tampo on hood, roof and rear deck. Metal chassis.
b) Yellow body, with red and blue stripe tampo on hood, roof and rear deck. Metal chassis.
c) Same as "a", but missing the porthole. Malaysia base.
d) Same as "b" (Oldies But Goodies)
BW
BW
BW
BW
3
2
2
2
7662
American Victory a) Magenta body with orange, yellow and red tampo stripe on the sides, with number "10"
b) Light Magenta body, same as "a"
c) Same as "a" (Speedway Specials)
BW
BW
BW
1
2-
1
2016
A-OK a) Green body with green and yellow "Early Times Delivery" on the sides. Green plastic fenders
b) Same as "a" (Oldies But Goodies)
BW
BW
2-
2-
2023
Army Funny Car a) White body with red and blue "Army" tampos on the hood and sides, along with various sponsors.
b) Same as "a" (Drag Strippers)
BW
BW
3-
3-
2022
Baja Breaker Silver body with yellow, red and blue "Baja Breaker" tampos on the sides. Yellow flames.
BW
2
6976
Buzz Off Gold Chrome body, with "The Gold One" on the hood, black plastic base. (Classy Customs)
BW
3
7649
California Cruisin' Black body, orange, red and yellow flames, chrome plastic base (Super Streeters)
BW
3+
7665
Chief's Special Red body with yellow and white "Fire Dept." tampo on the sides. Chrome plastic chassis (Rescue Team)
BW
3
9120
Cool One a) Green body with yellow, orange and black striping tampo, with "Cool One".
b) Same as "a" (Drag Strippers)
BW
BW
3
3
9241
Corvette Stingray a) Grey body (Alternate color) with orange white and black ribbon tampo. (Super Streeters)
b) Same as "a", Red body. (Super Streeters)
BW
BW
16
3+
9640
Fire Eater Red body with yellow shield and "51" tampo on the sides. Chrome plastic chassis (Rescue Team)
BW
3
9119
Formula 5000 White body with red and blue stripe tampo on hood and wing, and number "76" (Speedway Specials)
BW
3
9037
Formula P.A.C.K a) Black body with yellow striping tampo and number "8".
b) Same as "a" (Speedway Specials)
BW
BW
2
2
7621
Funny Money Grey body with blue/yellow "Brink's" logo on the sides. (The Heavies)
BW
3+
N/A
GMC Motorhome Gold chrome body, no tampos. Was never in blisterpack, as it was a Mattel promo piece.
BW
18++
.
2019
Highway Patrol White body with black and yellow "Highway Patrol" tampo on the sides. Number "12" on front panels.
BW
2
2014
Hot Bird a) Black body with orange/yellow pinstriping, yellow Firebird on hood
b) Same as "a" (Super Streeters)
BW
BW
3-
3-
6980
Ice "T" Green body with olive/orange hood tampo, white plastic top
BW
2+
2012
Jaguar XJS a) Grey body with red/black "XJS" on the sides, and a yellow Jaguar emblem
b) Same as "a" (Super Streeters)
BW
BW
2
2
8235
Jet Threat II a) Blue body with orange and yellow "Jet Threat" tampo on the sides.
b) Same as "a" (Drag Strippers)
BW
BW
2+
2+
2017
Lickety Six a) 6-wheel racer with blue bod and red/white stripe tampo, and number "6" on the hood.
b) Same as "a" (Speedway Specials)
BW
BW
2+
2+
9184
Maxi Taxi Yellow body with black/white/red checkered tampo on the sides (The Heavies)
BW
4+
6978
Mercedes Benz C111 Red body with yellow, blue and white stripe tampo on hood and roof (Speedway Specials)
BW
4
9203
Mustang Stocker Chrome body with red, white and blue stars/stripes tampo on hood, roof, rear deck (Super Streeters)
BW
5+
9244
Neet Streeter Blue body with red/white stripe tampo on roof and rear deck, with blue Ford logo (Drag Strippers)
BW
3
9642
Odd Rod Yellow body with clear nose and orange flame tampo (Drag Strippers)
BW
3
9206
P-911 Chrome body with orange, yellow and red stripe tampo on hood and roof (Super Streeters)
BW
2+
2015
Packin' Pacer a) Yellow body with blue and magenta stripe tampo on the hood and roof, with "Packin' Pacer"
b) Same as "a" (Drag Strippers)
BW
BW
2-
2-
9240
Poison Pinto Green body with yellow and white "Poison Pinto" tampo on the sides (Drag Strippers)
BW
2+
9207
Prowler a) Chrome body with a red,black and white burglar and "Prowler" tampo on the roof
b) Same as "a" (Drag Strippers)
BW
BW
3+
3+
2021
Race Bait a) Red body with yellow and white "Ferrari 308 GTB" tampo on the hood. Black metal chassis
b) Same as "a", but with a black plastic chassis
c) Same as "b" (Speedway Specials)
BW
BW
BW
2
2
2
8259
Rodger Dodger Gold chrome body with magenta, white and red stripe tampo on hood, roof and rear deck (Drag Strippers)
BW
4
2018
Science Friction White body with orange radar and guns. Black/yellow/red "Space Cop" tampo on sides (Classy Customs)
BW
2
9644
Second Wind White body with red, yellow and magenta stripe tampo on hood and trunk (Classy Customs)
BW
4+
9641
Spoiler Sport Green body with red and yellow sunset tampo on the sides (Classy Customs)
BW
2+
2020
Stage Fright a) Brown body with black plastic roof. Yellow and orange design tampo on the sides. Metal chassis
b) Same as "a" (Classy Customs)
BW
2
2
8260
Steam Roller a) Yellow body with red and magenta stripe tampo on hood. Sponsor logos on rear deck
b) Same as "a" (Speedway Specials)
BW
BW
2
2
9242
Street Rodder Black body with yellow and orange flame tampo on the sides (Drag Strippers)
BW
4
7630
Top Eliminator Gold body with blue, red and magenta "Hemi Hauler" tampo on the sides. "AC" on rear fenders
BW
2+
7647
Torino Stocker Red body with yellow, blue and white racing tampos, and number "23" on the sides (Speedway Specials)
BW
5+
8240
Twin Mill II Orange body with blue, white and red stripe tampo on hood and roof (Drag Strippers)
BW
3
9639
Z-Whiz Grey body with orange, yellow and blue stripe tampo on hood and roof, and "Datsun" (Super Streeters)
BW
2+


1 = $1-5 2 = $6-15 3 = $16-25 4 = $26-35 5 = $36-50 6 = $51-70
7 = $71-90 8 = $91-110 9 = $111-130 10 = $131-160 11 = $161-180 12 = $181-200
13 = $201-220 14 = $221-240 15 = $241-270 16 = $271-300 17 = $301-330 18 = $331-350


What Events Defined 1978?

  • The arcade game "Space Invaders" launches the video game craze
  • First Test Tube Baby is born in England, via in vitro fertilization
  • Egypt makes peace with Israel at the Camp David Peace Treaty
  • After nearly 30 years and 20 million cars later, the Volkswagen Beetle stops production
  • David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam," is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison
  • Cult leader Jim Jones and 400 members of his church commit suicide in Guyana
  • Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System
  • #1 Movies of 1978 included "Superman", "Grease", "Halloween", "The Deer Hunter" and "Animal House"
  • #1 Songs of 1978 included "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees, "Le Freak" by Chic, "Three Times a Lady" by the Commodores, and "Grease" by Frankie Valli




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